There is a conservatory in Vancouver that is home to tropical, subtropical and desert plants all under its freestanding glass dome. It is both humid and lightly breezy as the air is circulated by large fans located, hidden from view, around the perimeter of the dome. The conservatory features unusual plants and everything has a sign for the curious. What doesn't have a sign is the myriad of tropical birds flying within. The conservatory has over 70 species of birds from all over the world and the abundance of colour is lovely to see. We spent a few hours sketching, sheltered from the rain in this breezy, green paradise.